Getting to know... Dulwich Picture Gallery

This March, Dulwich Picture Gallery is throwing open the doors to its stunning grounds and gardens for our Art Miles fundraising initiative. We speak to the south London gallery about conspiring artists, confused ducks and buried founders.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London © Stuart Leech

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Name: Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Age: 204 – still got it!

Describe yourself in three words: Surprising, calm, unique.

What's new with you? I've just made an important announcement about what I'm up to this year – Ravilious, Escher and Prud'hon are all coming to visit.

What is your most treasured possession? My Girl at a Window by Rembrandt, always keeping a beautiful eye out.

Who was your most famous visitor? Van Gogh signed my visitor book, but every visitor is a VIP in my eyes.

Is there a gallery pet? I used to have a lake in my grounds, and the ducks still make an annual return, looking rather confused.

I shouldn't leave without experiencing... a meeting with my founders, buried at my heart!

You have a museum crush on... Sir John Soane's Museum. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be here. [Soane designed Dulwich Picture Gallery.]

You're most happy when… I'm full of visitors enjoying all I have to offer and basking in the sun streaming through my skylights.

What do you most dislike about your appearance? I'm beautiful just the way I am.

This year you're excited about... My Made in China project! Doug Fishbone has replaced one of my masterpieces with a replica – I'm feeling conspiratorial this year!

Why should people come and walk all over you for Art Miles? Because I'm here for my public and I will only continue to thrive if people continue to visit and support me. 

Learn more about Art Miles and register to take part in a fundraising walk around Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Venue details

Dulwich Picture Gallery Gallery Road London SE21 7AD 020 8693 5254 www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £5)

50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Monday: closed (except Bank Holiday Mondays)

Late night Friday opening on specific Gallery Lates

 

Closed 24-26 December, 1 January

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